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Number Of Class Action Lawsuits Drop During Past Week But Class Action Cases Involving Employment Law Claims Continue To Lead Weekly Class Action Filings In California State And Federal Courts

To assist class action defense attorneys anticipate the types of lawsuits against which they will have to defend in California, we provide weekly, unofficial summaries of the legal categories for new class action lawsuits filed in California state and federal courts in the Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose, Sacramento, San Diego, San Mateo, Oakland/Alameda and Orange County areas. We include only those categories that include 10% or more of the class action filings during the preceding week. This report covers February 15 – 21, 2008, during which time 22 new class action lawsuits were filed. Class actions implicating labor law claims generally top this list, and once again this was the case. During the past week, 13 new labor law class action filings (59% of the total number of new class action lawsuits). The only other category of class action complaints to break the 10% threshold were antitrust class actions, which had only three (3) new class action filings (14%).